No. 7 Cal Ties Saint Mary's, 1-1
Sept. 15, 2002
MORAGA, Calif. - Senior midfielder Brittany Kirk scored a goal with 14 seconds left in regulation to help No. 7 California secure a 1-1 tie at Saint Mary's Sunday afternoon at Garaventa Field. The tie improved the Golden Bears record to 4-1-1, and the Gaels are 1-4-1.
'We showed great character in getting the tying goal,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'We battled to the end. We're 4-1-1, and all six teams we have played so far have either been regionally or nationally ranked at some point this season. We've played a really good schedule and feel we're doing quite well right now. We're doing a great job playing like a team and getting results as a team.'
Today was Cal's first road game of the 2002 season and its fifth in a row without starting All-American forward Laura Schott and starting defender Kim Stocklmeir. Schott is nursing an MCL sprain and may return next Sunday against Fresno State, while Stocklmeir is out with a broken collarbone and will be out until at least mid October.
Kirk, who also tallied a goal and an assist in the Bears' 2-1 victory over No. 3 Santa Clara on Friday, headed in the game-tying goal against Saint Mary's by collecting the rebound of junior midfielder Kassie Doubrava's shot off the cross bar. It was Doubrava's second assist of the season.
The Gaels grabbed a 1-0 lead with under nine minutes to play in the game when they capitalized on a counter attack opportunity. Sarah Burgess fired a shot past Cal goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio after receiving a pass from Sarah Takekawa.
In overtime the Bears outshot the Gaels 4-3, but neither team was able to score. SMC's Ruth Montgomery finished the game with seven saves, while Sulprizio tallied a career high of eight.
Cal next travels to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs, Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1:30 p.m.